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Death penalty & Jared Lee Loughner

Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to 19 counts involving a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that left six dead and 13 others, including then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounded. As part of the deal, Loughner will receive a sentence of life without parole. Victims' families have been spared the rigors of a trial, and prosecutors can be sure that Loughner will never again endanger the general public. Thank the federal death penalty, which applied because Loughner shot people at a federally protected political event.

August 10, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Harry Reid has one big mouth

Whenever a name Republican says something stupid or indefensible or arguably both, for the next three days folks will open a conversation by asking me (the only Republican they know) what I think about the latest GOP gaffe.

August 09, 2012 | By Debra Saunders National columnist | Other Views


Extra parent could split baby more ways

State Sen. Mark Leno wants California to recognize that a child can have "more than two legal parents." So he wrote a bill, SB 1476, which, he argues, wouldn't change the definition of a parent - for example, live-in lovers would not qualify - but would allow family court to recognize more than two parents only "when it is required to be in the best interest of the child." He stresses that if the bill becomes law, "none of our sponsors or supporters believe that this authority will be used very often."

August 08, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


Will poll stymie pension changes?

The Field Poll is rarely wrong in gauging public sentiment. Its final reading prior to a major election almost never deviates more than 4 percent or 5 percent from the final vote.

August 07, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


Culture war: The Chick-fil-A front

Two weeks ago, Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, an Atlanta company famous for its juicy chicken sandwiches, appeared on "The Ken Coleman Show" to air his biblical belief that those who champion same-sex marriage are risking divine retribution upon us all.

August 05, 2012 | By Pat Buchanan Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Other Views


Our rights versus authoritarian wrong

One of the juiciest ironies of Tampa's newly-minted law to suppress protest at the upcoming Republican National Convention is that it bans the carrying of water pistols by protesters. However, thanks to Florida's nutty right-wing governor, anyone with a concealed-weapon permit is free to tote an actual bullet-firing pistol! Apparently, the authorities really do consider blood to be thicker than water.

August 05, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


No tolerance for Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A President and COO Dan Cathy faces a consumer protest for expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage. Fair enough. Offended, the Democratic mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco threatened to prevent the Georgia-based fast-food company from operating in their cities!

August 03, 2012 | By LARRY ELDER Author | Other Views


California dropout report better

A combination of computerized tracking and public pressure have joined to make reporting of school dropouts in California the best in America, but those reports are still not good enough.

August 02, 2012 | By TOM ELIAS California Focus | Other Views


New intrusive swarm coming our way!

Get ready, America, for here comes "the next latest and greatest thing in aviation." Wow, what could it be? Maybe the airlines are going to drop all of their ridiculous ripoff fees. That'd be great!

August 02, 2012 | By JIM HIGHTOWER Political columnist | Other Views


Heckling Mitt Romney abroad

Mitt Romney might have thought it was eminently sensible in an NBC interview in London to repeat exactly what the TV networks had already reported on security at the London Olympics, namely, that there was room for concern.

August 01, 2012 | By L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and President of the Media Research Center | Other Views


Bill Clinton's new best friends

It doesn't matter who wins in November; Bill Clinton will end this year on top.

August 01, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


President Obama trashes entrepreneurs

Does anybody remember, back in the depths of the recession of 1981-82, how President Ronald Reagan kept his chin up and exhorted American businesses to work hard and produce an economic recovery?

July 31, 2012 | By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Host of CNBC’s Kudlow & Company | Other Views


No American needs an assault weapon

For all of the gun lovers, feel free to go buy your Glock, shotgun, hunting rifle, .22 pistol, .357 magnum or any of the other guns at your disposal, but you do not need an AK-47.

July 30, 2012 | By ROLAND MARTIN Author | Other Views


As Sacramento dawdles, DAs revolt

California's death penalty has been in limbo since 2006, when a federal judge stayed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1981 murder and rape of 17-year-old Terri Winchell. The judge was fearful lest the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol would cause Morales undue pain. Since then, a number of states have switched to a one-drug protocol. Why hasn't California? The answer could be that Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris don't want the death penalty to work.

July 30, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


SF supes support (some) free speech

"When Government seeks to use its full power, including the criminal law, to command where a person may get his or her information or what distrusted source he or she may not hear, it uses censorship to control thought. This is unlawful. The First Amendment confirms the freedom to think for ourselves."

July 29, 2012 | By DEBRA SAUNDERS National Columnist | Other Views


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Biden, media’s secret Quayle

Hidden just below the surface of the liberal media is a barely noticed trend of patronizing contempt: Joe Biden is the Democrats' Dan Quayle, but because he is a Democrat, they'll do anything to avoid treating him like they treated Quayle.

February 15, 2014 | | Other Views


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